Okay, in a totally non-Harper related note, I have to express my excitement that I am watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on television right now. Even though the things these children go through to be national level spellers are a bit crazy, I feel really pleased that it is being televised (and not for the first time). I'm no prude, but many of the things on television these days really make me cringe. I'm not going to get all preachy here, but with all the wild and inappropriate things our celebrities (actors, athletes) tend to do, I am glad that a little attention is going to children who have worked so hard to learn to be excellent spellers.
I believe that this event was aired on ESPN before but putting it on network television is even better, making it accessible to so many more people. (It is difficult to watch them miss though, yikes!)
I also appreciate this event because of the fact that I am a horrible speller. Awful. Even with the spell-check on this blog, I'm sure I've made mistakes. I once mailed a letter home from summer camp that made my parents question whether I'd been paying any attention in school. I got A's on my spelling tests because I was disciplined enough to force myself to memorize 10-20 words a week for eight years in grade school (Thanks Mom!). And trust me, bouleuterion was never on the list!
So kudos to all the participants, even those that didn't make it to the final round. And if you want your kid to spell his/her way to our nation's capital? You'd better start studying now because words like punaise don't come easily to anyone.